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LA Kings defenceman Voynov pleads not guilty to beating wife after Halloween party argument

This Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 police booking photo provided by the Redondo Beach Police Department shows Los Angeles Kings' defenseman Slava Voynov. Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov faces a March trial date on a charge of beating his wife. City News Service says Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge at his arraignment Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Redondo Beach Police Department
December 29, 2014 - 4:43 PM

TORRANCE, Calif. - Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov faces a March trial on a charge of beating his wife.

Voynov, 24, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury at his re-arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court, City News Service reported.

The Russian Olympian was arraigned after his arrest Oct. 20 but had to go through the process again after a judge found earlier this month that there was enough evidence to proceed to trial.

A preliminary trial date of March 2 was set, and Voynov is due back in court Jan. 28 for a pretrial hearing.

The two-time Stanley Cup champ is accused of choking and hitting his wife and pushing her into a TV in their bedroom after an argument that began at a Halloween party on Oct. 19. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.

Voynov's wife, Marta Varlamova, wrote a letter to prosecutors saying her injuries were accidental, though a judge didn't accept that evidence during the preliminary hearing.

Voynov has been indefinitely suspended by the NHL while the case is pending.

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